Happy crowd at festival

Happy crowd at festival

Patrons enjoyed a great show at the country music festival over the weekend at Tauherenikau Racecourse. PHOTO/ JADE CVETKOV The country music shindig at Tauherenikau Racecourse went off without a hitch and organisers are promising to do it again next year....

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Skateboarder takes on haters

Skateboarder takes on haters

Trey Feary testing the equipment at the parklet in Park St. PHOTO/SUPPLIED Skating ‘a good social thing’ PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Skateboarder Sam Hall says it’s really sad how people are criticising the parklet in Park St. “There’s nothing wrong with it. I...

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Council contender keen on cracking the whip

Council contender keen on cracking the whip

Tina Nixon. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz The incumbents on Masterton District Council are spending too much time thinking about things rather than doing them – and spending too much money on advice, says Tina Nixon, who will stand to be a...

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A failure of government

A failure of government

The entrance to Taratahi Institute of Agriculture in Carterton. PHOTO/FILE The demise of Taratahi Institute of Agriculture that has wrecked the lives of more than 1000 students and close to 200 staff is the result of a short-sighted and cynical, politically-motivated...

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‘Keep It Unda’ Featherston

‘Keep It Unda’ Featherston

Eparaima Williams runs his bin-cover business, Keep It Unda, from his home in Featherston. PHOTOS/GIANINA SCHWANECKE GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz Fed up with strong Wairarapa winds constantly forcing rubbish collectors to pick up blown debris from...

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Cr Johnson breaks ranks on Park St

Cr Johnson breaks ranks on Park St

Graphic/Boffa Miskell Report PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Masterton district councillor Bex Johnson says the debacle of the Park St parklet could have been avoided as there was plenty of discussion with businesses affected beforehand. In a further development on...

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Featherston’s flexible readers

Featherston’s flexible readers

Thursday’s book yoga session was a first at Featherston Library. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED GIANINA SCHWANECKE Gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz To say Featherston Library thinks outside the box wouldn’t be a stretch after their first book yoga session on Thursday morning. There were...

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Another Queen St business to close

Another Queen St business to close

Nikolaison’s Photo Centre has been a family affair since 1949. Pictured are Sue Nikolaison, left, Casey Edmonds, 11, Rebecca Edmonds, and Kimberley Edmonds, 9. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER Digital revolution ends photo shop’s run HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz...

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A failure of government

A failure of government

The demise of Taratahi Institute of Agriculture that has wrecked the lives of more than 1000 students and close to 200 staff is the result of a short-sighted and a cynical politically-motivated decision, OPINION by TINA NIXON. While there has been much talk in the...

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Planning for fault rupture

Planning for fault rupture

New Zealand's largest fault, the Hikurangi subduction zone. Image/East Coast LAB PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz Wairarapa is involved in a project to co-ordinate planning across the eastern lower North Island for a rupture of New Zealand’s largest fault – the...

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Sea rescue

Sea rescue

John and Helen McFadzean bring Rex Belandres off the fishing boat that rescued him. PHOTOS/HAYLEY GASTMEIER Kayaker drifted 16km off remote coastline HAYLEY GASTMEIER and EMILY IRELAND The chances of Rex Belandres being found alive were slim when he drifted about 16km...

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Raising baccy tax not the answer

Raising baccy tax not the answer

PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz The cost of tobacco has gone up and along with it so has the risk to those selling the products. Dairy owners are saying the price hike is not going to stop people smoking and is only going to encourage...

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Parklets – the  public speaks

Parklets – the public speaks

The parklet at Park St. PHOTO/FILE Your say on the debate over Masterton’s parklets Positively and negatively – the community has weighed in on the controversial parklet debate in Masterton. The idea was to create public spaces in town where people could relax, play,...

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GPs to assess patients over phone

GPs to assess patients over phone

Masterton Medical. PHOTO/FILE ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz A new phone-based triage assessment system could have patients sent for blood tests and X-rays without visiting a GP. Masterton Medical implemented a new service this week which determines the needs...

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Region’s fire risk changes

Region’s fire risk changes

PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER PAM GRAHAM pam.graham@age.co.nz The hot weather is forcing a change in the fire risk status in the region. Wairarapa’s rural and urban areas will move to a restricted fire season status from Monday. Tararua continues with an open fire season. A...

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